The all-inclusive resorts of Los Cabos come packed with things to do but after you’ve been wined and dined, relaxed and pampered, it’s time to explore. Baja California Sur is a virtual treasure trove of adventures, so we’ve narrowed down the options to 5 Los Cabos tours everyone needs to take.
Go on, get out there!
Land’s End, El Arco, Lover’s Beach & Divorce Beach
In one beautiful swoop, explore what everyone in town spends all day looking at. El Arco is the most photographed landmark in Los Cabos, gracing just about every travel brochure on the region. This iconic natural attraction, along with Pelican Island, The Window to the Pacific and other rocky outcrops collectively make up Land’s End, the southernmost point in the Baja Peninsula.
Surrounding these jagged cliffs are two famously contrasting beaches. Lover’s Beach is a placid cove, ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Divorce Beach is a larger stretch of golden sand with a dangerous undertow making it unswimmable, yet completely photogenic.
Tour all of these attractions in a single day via water-taxi, sea kayak, or as part of an organized half or full-day tour.
In Los Cabos, you can view whales from a catamaran, glass-bottom boat, small zodiac, and even from a pirate ship. There are numerous tour operators sailing out of both the Cabo San Lucas Marina as well as from San Jose, each offering some point of difference.
What stays the same is the jaw-dropping exhilaration of witnessing these ocean giants, no matter what you are floating on. Gray whales are the most common, but humpbacks, blue whales and even pods of orcas hang out here from January through to April.
Most expeditions last between 2 and 3 hours and offer a discount on future tours if the whales don’t show. Los Cabos whale-watching tours are some of the most popular excursions for visitors and promise fun for the entire family.
Mexico’s Longest Zip-line
Glide above the canyons of Boca de la Sierra on a thrilling zip-line adventure you’ll never forget. Based in Cabo San Lucas, The Outdoor Zip-Line Adventure Company operates ‘The Superman’, Mexico’s longest and fastest zip-line course, where over 4,000 feet of line has riders zipping over lush canopies at 100 kph!
If that doesn’t get your heart racing, jump on ‘The Pendulum’, the adventure park’s harrowing canyon swing. Round out the day with a hike that includes rappelling down sheer rock walls and you’ve got perhaps the most action-packed excursion in Los Cabos.
Diving & Snorkelling
Baja California Sur is blessed with North America’s oldest coral reef in the now protected Cabo Pulmo National Park near San Jose. The stunning array of marine life offers some of the best diving and snorkelling in all of Mexico, after being closed to fishing more than twenty years ago.
Off the coast of La Paz, Isla Espiritu Santo must be seen to be believed. Famously declared ‘the world’s aquarium’ by legend Jacques Cousteau, the pristine ecosystem was named a World Heritage Bioreserve by UNESCO and offers visitors the chance to swim, snorkel or dive with endangered sea turtles, dolphins and whale sharks in the crystal clear Sea of Cortez.
Day Trips to Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo & Todos Santos
Los Cabos, or The Capes, covers the entire southern region of the Baja Peninsula. Within it, you’ll find the area’s airport just north of San Jose del Cabo on the eastern cape, Cabo San Lucas on the western cape, and the picturesque artist enclave, Todos Santos, about an hour north. Linking Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo is the Los Cabos Corridor lined with beachfront hotels, resorts and world-class golf courses.
Whether you are staying in San Jose, San Lucas or Todos Santos, you’ll appreciate the unique flavour of each neighbouring town.
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is the area’s busiest and most famous tourist destination. For unbridled parties both day and night, it’s your best bet, but that’s not its only draw. San Lucas holds many of the region’s best all-inclusive resorts, bars and restaurants, a full-service marina for ocean activities and a great swimming beach, drawing visitors of all ages.
San Jose del Cabo
San Jose del Cabo is a little older and quieter, offering a different look and feel. There is still a party scene, but it’s more refined. The city offers a more authentic Mexican experience than Cabo San Lucas, and really goes off Thursday nights, when the free Art Walk takes over the historic downtown district with live music, street performers, cerveza and tequila vendors, and some great original local art.
And speaking of art, you’d be remiss to miss the quaint charm of Todos Santos, if even for a day. What will surely become the area’s next big thing began as a sleepy little fishing village. Now, it’s a cool surf town, farming community and a haven for artists, both local and not. In 2006, it was designated as a ‘Pueblo Magico’ by local tourism authorities for its historical relevance, natural beauty and cultural importance but the boutique hotels have arrived. Go. Now.
Convinced? Thought so. Did you know that our Expert Travellers can not only book your Cabo flights and hotels, but any of the above tours too? And that’s not all. We’ve got more amazing things to do available to make your next Los Cabos trip all that it can be. Vamos!